Carmel in brief — September 26, 2017

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Stolen bank cards – Carmel police are seeking help to identify a man suspected of using stolen bank cards to make several purchases in Indianapolis. Police said the cards were stolen from a vehicle in June. The suspect allegedly used the cards to purchase items at several gas stations and auto parts stores. He appears to have a sleeve tattoo on his right arm. Anyone with information on the suspect or his location should contact the Carmel Police Dept. Investigations Division at 317-571-2500 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

Theft suspect – Carmel police are seeking help to identify a man believed to be responsible for several thefts from vehicles at the Monon Community Center. Anyone with information on the suspect or his location is asked to contact the Carmel Police Dept. Investigations Division at 317-571-2500 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

Safe exchange zone – Carmel Police Dept. has designated two parking spaces at 3 Civic Square for our Safe Exchange Zone program. These spaces are directly in front of the police department with ample signage, good lighting and 24/7 video surveillance. Citizens wanting a safe location to conduct social media, internet, local classifieds or any other face to face transactions are welcome to utilize this area.

Pet supply drive – The Barrington of Carmel is collecting pet supplies for hurricane victims. Donations needed for both dogs and cats include dry pet food, canned food, cat litter, toys, leashes and gift cards to pet stores. Donations will be accepted at the Barrington Art Studio, 1355 S. Guilford Rd. through Sept. 30.

Heart Gallery on display – The Indiana Heart Gallery is a traveling photo exhibit featuring compelling portraits of children in need of adoptive families and it is making a stop at the Monon Community Center in Carmel. The goal of the Heart Gallery is to increase awareness of the DCS foster youth available for adoption and encourage the community to learn more about the foster to adoption process. It will be on display at the Monon Center until Sept. 29.

Flag education program – The American Legion will hold its annual Flag Education Test during November. Fourth graders in participating schools can take a test of flag knowledge. Two winners from each state will win $1000. The test is based on the comic book “Our Country’s Flag.” School that wish to participate must enroll at IndianaLegion.org by Sept. 29.

Waste water plant tours – A tour of Carmel’s waste water treatment plant, 9609 Hazel Dell Pkwy., will be given from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Dress comfortably for outside and wear sturdy shoes. Tour will be held outside, rain or shine. To register, call 317-844-3362.

Stewards of Children – Parents and adults who work with children can learn how to prevent child sexual abuse by registering for Stewards of Children. This program teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react to child sexual abuse. Chaucie’s Place is offering this program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Chaucie’s Place, 4607 E. 106th St., Carmel. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more, visit chauciesplace.org

Fundraising auction – The Senior Citizens of Hamilton County will hold a fund raising live auction from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 7. Auction items will gift certificates from local businesses and restaurants, antiques, artwork, jewelry, furniture and collectibles. The event will include a raffle and drawings for free items. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. for early viewing. The address is l8336 Cumberland Rd., Noblesville.

Civil War Roundtable – The Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Carmel City Hall. The topic will be Forest the Napoleonic Calvary. The public is invited and admission is free.

State of the City address – OneZone Commerce presents the annual State of the City address by Mayor Jim Brainard. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian St. Reservations are required by noon on Oct. 9 and can be made online at OneZoneCommerce.com. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers.

Youth volunteer nominations sought – From now through Nov. 7. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Indiana’s top youth volunteers of the year. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at spirit.prudential.com and nassp.org/spirit.

Free seminars for seniors – CarDon & Associates is partnering with Indy Mature Living to help educate Indianapolis-area seniors about issues related to home ownership and post-retirement downsizing. The free seminars will highlight senior living options for those over the age of 55, downsizing, and other educational topics. Upcoming topics include: Downsizing – Professional Panelists, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Cumberland Trace, 1925 Reeves Rd., Plainfield. Reservations can be made by phone or email at 317-600-2056 or straighttalk@cardon.us.

Families symposium – The 2017 Status of Indiana Families symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Ivy Tech, 2820 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Discussions will provide insight into critical issues facing families from infants and children to the aging and elderly. Cost is $50 and includes lunch. Register at tfaforms.com/4629075.

Celebrations series – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents its series Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship on Wednesdays at noon. Upcoming events include: Oct. 14 – Bring Your Doll day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors of any age are invited to bring their dolls and share stories about them. Enjoy a tour of our doll collection, which at any time may include Gene Marshall 14″ dolls in designer fashions, kachinas, riders on Breyer horses, hand-crocheted Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs the size of a thumbnail, and others.

Democratic Women of Hamilton County – The Democratic Women of Hamilton County will meet at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Fishers Library, 5 Municipal Drive. A speaker from the Sierra Club will present.

Native tree sale – The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding its annual fall native tree sale. This year 35 varieties of native trees and shrubs are available. All offerings are $26 each and will arrive in three-gallon containers and be approximately 3-5 feet tall at delivery. Pre-orders are required and are due Sept. 28. Trees can be picked up from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds llama barn. Order forms and online ordering are available at hamiltonswcd.org.

Art Without Borders show – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., presents Nea Kavala Art Without Borders from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Art Without Borders is a project started by Kayra Martinez to help refugee families in Greece express their emotions through art. Art will be on display and available to purchase, with proceeds going to the refugee families.

Pumpkin Fest – The Mayor’s Youth Council and the Carmel Arts Council will host Pumpkin Fest from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the City Hall Gazebo. This family-friendly event will feature music, food, pumpkin carving, costume contest and more. All proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish.

Legislative internships – Indiana House Republicans are now accepting internship applications for the 2018 legislative session. Internships are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors. This paid program during the spring semester gives college students the chance to work one-on-one with state legislators while seeing firsthand how laws are made. To complete an application, visit IndianaHouseRepublicans.com. Applications are due by Oct. 31.

Congressional App Challenge – The 2017 Congressional App Challenge is open to students in the Fifth Congressional District who have not yet graduated from high school. The CAC is designed to engage students from across the country in computer science and coding. Students of any age, whether in elementary, middle, or high school are encouraged to compete by creating and exhibiting an app for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. For more information or to submit an entry by Nov. 1, visit CongressionalAppChallenge.us.

Blood drive – In an effort to help hurricane victims, Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch is asking all Hoosiers to donate blood at Indiana Blood Centers statewide. With two major hurricanes striking our southern neighbors, blood is critically needed. Visit IndianaBlood.org to find a center close to you.

Free meditation class – Sahaja Meditation Indiana presents a free mediation class at 7 p.m. on Fridays. Learn to reduce stress and experience inner peace through meditation. The class will be held at Old National Bank, 1430 S. Range Line Rd. For more, visit IndianaMeditation.org.

Business expo – The OneZone Business Expo and Food Forum will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at FORUM Conference Center, 11313 USA Pkwy., Fishers. Exhibitors include service and health care providers, legal professionals, entertainment venues, food providers and more. Food service establishments will provide menu tastings, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets are $5 each for OneZone members and $10 for non-members and can be purchased at the event.

Flanner Buchanan recognized – Flanner Buchanan was recognized at the Selected Independent Funeral Homes (SIFH) annual convention as one of three original founding members of the former National Selected Morticians who are still members 100 years later. The organization currently has about 600 members. Its standards and best practices are recognized around the world.

Boutique hotel opens – Ironworks Hotel Indy, the first boutique hotel on Indianapolis’ north side, has opened its doors. All guest rooms include luxury bedding, 60-75-inch Ultra HD Smart televisions, Keurig® coffee makers, in-room safes, minibars, complimentary wireless internet, shuttle services within five miles, and much more. A grand opening will be held from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 21. For more information, visit Eventbrite.com

Food pantry collections – AlphaGraphics has partnered with Carmel United Methodist Food Pantry to stock its shelves with personal care items. From now through September, donations of personal care items can be dropped off at AlphaGraphics, 1051 3rd Ave SW during normal business hours. Items that are needed include: shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, tampons and any other toiletries.

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